Aurora Nomination

As Co-Chairs of Can*Con, we are overwhelmed to have received our third straight Aurora Award nomination in the category of Best Fan Organizational. Can*Con is a little con that is consistently punching above its weight. Can*Con 2016 was proud to feature four Guests of Honour: Tanya Huff of DAW Books (Author), Sheila Williams of Asimov’s Magazine (Editor), Sam Morgan of the JABberwocky Agency (Agent), and Eric Choi of the Canadian Space Technology Field (Science).

The entire ballot of the 2017 Aurora Award is very strong and we are humbled to be sharing the ballot with so many luminaries. We would like to congratulate past and present Can*Con guests and panelists! Congratulations to Gerald Brandt, Madeline Ashby, A.M. Delamonica, Robert J. Sawyer, Brent Nichols, Ed Willett, Robert Runté, Hayden Trenholm, Amal El-Mohtar, Kari Maaren, Dominik Parisien, Mike Rimar, Claude Lalumière, Mark Shainblum, Susan Forest, Lucas Law, Dan O’Driscoll, S.M. Carrière, Derek Newman-Stille, Chadwick Ginther, Sandra Kasturi, Matt Moore, Nicole Lavigne, Charles de Lint, and Steven Erikson!

There are too many volunteers to list individually, but special thanks to Nicole Lavigne, Brandon Crilly, Evan May, Caycee Price, Morris Rothman, Hayley Halloran, Jaggy Sue, Dario Sciola and many others! You make the conference happen! :)

Last year was the first time we’d brought an Agent Guest of Honour (and the second time we’d brought a New York editor!), because we believe that the writing community in Ottawa deserves to meet New York industry professionals. And we brought Tanya Huff and Eric Choi because Ottawa fans ought to be treated to the best and brightest of Canada’s fantastic literature and science communities.

We are very pleased to be welcoming to Can*Con in 2017 our Guests of Honour Steven Erikson (Author), Sheila Gilbert (Editor) and Kim-Mei Kirtland (Agent) over the weekend of 13-15 October, 2017. Please spread the word and bring a friend to the fun!

Derek Künsken                          Marie Bilodeau
Co-Chair (Programming)        Co-Chair (Corporate)

Mark your calendars!

Ottawa’s twice-Aurora-nominated literary science fiction, fantasy and horror conference will run 13-15 October, 2017 at the Sheraton in downtown Ottawa. The Sheraton is more accessible and has more space for us to grow, and we especially worked hard to get a larger dealer’s room. The Sheraton is 4 blocks from Elgin, 4 blocks from Parliament and the river, 7 blocks from the market, and is right on the bus routes!

We’ll be announcing our Guests of Honour over the coming months, but you may want to book your room now. Our room block last year filled and we had to ask for additional rooms! For information on how to book your hotel room right away, visit our Location page! For American attendees, as of the time of this post, if you take about 25% off all the costs, you get pretty close to the cost in US dollars.

Marie and Derek are sharing the chairship again this year, with Derek as Co-Chair of Programming and Marie as Co-Chair Corporate. We’ll be streamlining more of our processes, so we’ll need people helping on marketing, fan and community outreach, a website team, on-site con-running, drivers, supply-getters, tech support, etc. If you’d like to volunteer, please write to can.spec.lit@gmail.com with a listing of why you’d be great for a particular spot!

Stay tuned to this website, the Can*Con Facebook page and the @CanConSF twitter feed. The programming team will be confirming panelists and sending out information on what to get ready for :)  We’ll have an Author GOH, an Editor GOH, and a Literary Agent GOH, and we’ll continue to have a strong expert track of university professors and researchers!

Lastly, the Can*Con Co-Chairs, special guests and volunteers will be promoting the conference in a number of places in the coming months, so if you’re at any of the following, come say hi: ChiSeries in Ottawa, Ad Astra in Toronto, Boréal in Québec, the Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, Limestone Genre Expo in Kingston, and When Worlds Collide in Calgary.

This year is going to be even better than last and we can’t wait to make our announcements!

Can-Con Team